Years 1 & 2 Elective Application

There are a variety of electives open to first- and second-year medical students. Most are taught by Alpert Medical School faculty.  Others are designed, implemented and led by students along with a faculty advisor. These ½ credit electives are graded Satisfactory/No Credit. Although listed on the student's official transcript, they do not count toward fulfilling the requirements of the MD degree.

Application Process

All faculty or students who plan to offer a Years 1 and 2 elective must complete an application and receive approval by the Medical Curriculum Committee (MDCC). The Subcommittee on Years 1 and 2 reviews applications and makes a recommendation to the MDCC for final approval of the elective.  Student-led electives must have at least one faculty advisor.

All electives must be approved or recertified each academic year by the MDCC. This policy enables the committee to track what electives are offered, assess their quality and disseminate the information to students.

MDCC Review Schedule.  All Years 1 and 2 electives are evaluated annually. 

  •  At the April or May meeting, the MDCC will review Years 1 and 2 electives that will be offered in the fall semester or given over the course of both fall and spring semesters.
  •  At the September or October meeting, the MDCC will review Years 1 and 2 electives that will be offered in the spring semester.

Students planning to submit a Years 1 and 2 elective application should contact Dr. Sarita Warrier (Sarita_Warrier@brown.edu) at least 10 days prior to submission of the completed application.

Click here for the Years 1 and 2 elective application to apply.